Khabib Nurmagomedov expects Islam Makhachev to dominate Charles Oliveira when they meet in the main event of the UFC 280 pay-per-view event.
On October 22 in Abu Dhabi, the main event of UFC 280 will pit Makhachev vs Oliveira for the vacant lightweight championship.
Nurmagomedov, Makhachev’s mentor, will be in his corner. In October 2020, after retiring unbeaten and relinquishing his lightweight belt, Nurmagomedov hailed Makhachev as a future champion. In his previous three title fights, Oliveira had defeated Justin Gaethje, Dustin Poirier, and Michael Chandler, but Nurmagomedov believes Makhachev is in his peak and the superior fighter all around.
Khabib Nurmagomedov has a prediction for Islam Makhachev vs. Charles Oliveira at UFC 280
“I think Islam is more skilled than Oliveira,” Nurmagomedov said in an interview with UFC Russia. “Secondly, his experience as an amateur fighter. Also, he’s at his peak. Islam is at his peak. Islam isn’t 23, 26 or 27. He’s 30. A week after the fight, he’ll be 31. It’s the best time for any athlete. It’s a time when your mental and physical state should be in synergy. Sometimes your mental state is high, but your physical state is going down.
“Or when you’re 27 and at your physical peak, but mentally you’re not there yet, because you’re just 27, not 31. And Islam is at his peak. I think Islam is better overall. Of course, there are some potential dangers that we’re working on where Islam needs to be careful. Other than that, Islam should roll over him.”
Transcription courtesy of MMAJunkie